Dudley MP Ian Austin has launched a campaign to halt the closure of Dudley Police Station’s public counter.
West Midlands Police announced on Tuesday morning that Dudley Police Station would be one of twenty seven across the region that are set to have their front offices closed to the public within 12 months.
The closure would leave Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.
West Midlands Police says the closures are necessary to protect police numbers in the face of funding cuts.
Ian Austin said:
“This is what happens when the government cuts spending too quickly and too deeply.
“It is completely unacceptable that a town the size of Dudley should have its police station closed to the public and I’ll be campaigning against these cuts.
“I warned two years ago that the reduction in the number of hours the station was open would be the start of a slippery slope.
“I’m collecting signatures from local people so we can send a clear message that these plans are dangerous and unwanted. Anyone who wants to sign the petition can do so by visiting my website, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my office on 01384 342 504 and we’ll send out a form.”